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Laina Y. Bay-Cheng

Professor & Associate Vice-President Faculty Affairs

Research interests

I dedicate my research program to examining the imprint of social forces and material conditions on young women’s sexual lives. I combine quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual analyses to shift attention away from individual-focused models of sexual risk and toward the systemic roots of sexual vulnerability: interlocked gender, class, race, and age-based inequalities and the ideologies that perpetuate them.


Department:  MSW, PhD
Office:  938 Kaneff Tower, York University


Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Mencia, J. J., Ginn, H. G., & Odigie, H. E. (2022). Between rights on paper and capabilities on the ground: Policy-based barriers to marginalized women’s sexual rights. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 19(1), 328-344. doi: 10.1007/s13178-021-00546-1

Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2019). Agency is everywhere, but agency is not enough: A conceptual analysis of young women’s sexual agency. Journal of Sex Research: Annual Review of Sex Research Special Issue, 56, 462-474. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1578330

Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2017). Seeing how far I’ve come: The impact of the Digital Sexual Life History Calendar on young adult research participants. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 284-295. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1139033

Bay-Cheng, L. Y., & Bruns, A. E. (2016). Yes, but: Young women’s views of unwanted sex at the intersection of gender and class. Psychology of Women Quarterly40, 504-517. doi: 10.1177/0361684316653902

Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2015). The Agency Line: A neoliberal metric for appraising young women’s sexuality. Sex Roles, 73, 279-291. doi: 10.1007/s11199-015-0452-6

Bay-Cheng, L. Y., & Fava, N. M. (2014). What puts “at-risk girls” at risk?  Sexual vulnerability and social inequality in the lives of girls in the child welfare system. Sexuality Research & Social Policy11, 116-125. doi: 10.1007/s13178-013-0142-5

Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2012). Recovering empowerment: De-personalizing and re-politicizing adolescent female sexuality (Commentary). Sex Roles66, 713-717. doi: 10.1007/s11199-011-0070-x

Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Robinson, A. D., & Zucker, A. N. (2009). Behavioral and relational contexts of adolescent female desire, wanting, and pleasure: Undergraduate women’s retrospective accounts. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 511-524. doi:10.1080/00224490902867871

Bay-Cheng, L. Y., & Eliseo-Arras, R. K. (2008). The making of unwanted sex: Gendered and neoliberal norms in college women’s unwanted sexual experiences. Journal of Sex Research, 45, 386-397. doi: 10.1080/00224490802398381

Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2003). The trouble of teen sex: The construction of adolescent sexuality through school-based sexuality education. Sex Education, 3, 61-74. doi: 10.1080/1468181032000052162